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Repealing of the Corn Law, 1846

Why was it a good idea for Robert Peel to repeal the Corn Law? Would his decision be viewed iin later years as a stroke of genius or an error in judgment.

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http://www.victorianweb.org/history/cornlaws2.html
http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=946
http://www.revision-notes.co.uk/revision/939.html

Robert Peel believed that many of Britain's ills were the result of a stagnant economy. He argued. "Something effectual must be done to revive the languishing commerce and manufacturing industry of this country ... We must make this country a cheap country for living."

Peel believed in free trade which was being hampered by the protectionist Corn Laws. Therefore it was a good idea to repeal the laws to open up free ...

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The solution discusses whether it was a good idea for Robert Peel to repeal the Corn Law and whether it was a stroke of genius or an error in judgment.

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